The End Times

Yesterday the kind person who drove me back from Oxford asked a serious question about the End Times. Are the ‘wars and rumours of wars’ that we see in Africa and the Middle East, the plagues or grave illnesses currently afflicting many (think Ebola, for example), a sign that we have reached the End Times, when there will be apostasy and error? My off-the-cuff answer was that I think every generation has, in some measure, to confront the End Times — when truth is attacked, and false gods and false values are substituted for the real thing. I have mentioned before my unease at the way in which, for instance, multiculturalism has been championed at the expense of really getting to grips with the religious values that underlie so many cultures, including the Christian basis of Western civilization. In every generation, we Christians have to confront our own failings both as individuals and as members of an institution, the Church. In every generation there has to be an attempt to return to the centre, to the Truth that sets us free; and that isn’t something we can put off until tomorrow. Christianity is an historical religion, with a definite past and a hoped-for future; but Christians live in the eternal present. Think about it.